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SHIMANE

Shimane Prefecture

Shimane is where timeless history and culture live. Shimane Prefecture is located in Chugoku region which is a coastal prefecture in the western side of Japan and its natural atmosphere and mythology have attracted visitors from Japan but also overseas. It is home to Izumo Grand Shrine, famous for marriage, in Izumo, which flourished as a mythical country. Visitors can spend time by enjoying and also knowing more about Japanese culture by shrines, mountains, islands and more.

Visitors can spend time in Shimane by enjoying and also knowing more about Japanese culture by shrines, mountains, islands and more.

Things to Do in Shimane

After paying your respects, it is time to enjoy some Izumo soba. Izumo soba, which began as an offering to worshipers at Izumo Grand Shrine, has a dark color, aroma, and chewy texture that is popular with tourists. In addition to Izumo, there are also Matsue Castle, a designated National Treasure in the prefecture and the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a registered World Heritage Site.

Shimane’s Famous Topics

Shimane also has many scenic spots along the Sea of Japan and this is one of the reasons why many travelers visit and are recognized as must see spots. Among them is the Kuniga Coast of Nishinoshima Island of the Oki Islands to the north of the Shimane Peninsula, that offer a spectacular landscape of cliffs and magnificent nature.Not only the landscape observation but also there are many outdoor activities that visitors can enjoy in several ways.Staying on the Oki Islands at a guest house made from a kominka old Japanese-style house is recommended.

Shimane also has many scenic spots along the Sea of Japan and this is one of the reasons why many travelers visit and are recognized as Shimane’s famous topic.

Traveling from Tokyo to Shimane

To get to Shimane from Tokyo is really convenient. You can fly from Haneda airport to the Izumo enmusubi airport which takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes or you can take a bullet train (Tokaido/Sanyo) from JR Tokyo station to Okayama and then switch to the limited express there to the destination in Shimane. By train, it will take approximately 6 hours from Tokyo area.Visitors can find the actual route from some travelers pages with the detailed plan and reviews.

Getting from Tokyo to SHIMANE

Route 1

  • Haneda airport → Izumo enmusubi airport : 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Route 2

  • JR Tokyo station → JR Matsue station : Approximatelly 6 hours. From JR Tokyo Station, take the Tokaido/Sanyo shinkansen to Okayama, and transfer to the limited express.

Recommended routes

  • SHIMANE × TOKYO
    Harajuku is a birthplace for many of Japanese fashion trends well known as 'kawaii culture' in Tokyo. Especially, the Takeshita-dori Street is filled with young people from all over Japan and the world to look for latest 'kawaii' trends. Leave from this spot of the latest cultural trends, then head to a historical place, Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is believed to be where the myriad of deities throughout the country gather in Shimane prefecture. A great trip to experience Japan's traditional culture and see its latest trends.
  • SHIMANE × TOKYO
    After having a taste of refined Japanese cuisine at a quiet garden in the center of a metropolis, take a trip to the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark surrounded by vast nature. This journey will allow you to thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of both manmade and natural beauty.

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